Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski could face suspension vs. Miami Dolphins

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski talks with back judge Dino Paganelli late in Sunday’s game vs. Buffalo. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

The Dolphins had a good day on the field Sunday, beating Denver 35-9, but may have caught a break from all the way up in Buffalo, too.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski could be suspended for next Monday night’s visit to Miami because of a hit on Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White, which left White in concussion protocol.

The Bills criticized Gronkowski for what they considered a dirty hit. NBC analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison said a suspension is warranted.

“No question about it,” Harrison said. “What he did, it was inexcusable.”

Dungy added, “There’s no place in the game for that type of hit.”

White was lying face-down after he intercepted a Tom Brady pass when Gronkowski dove into him, driving his arm into the back of White’s helmet.

“He’s not a dirty player, but if you do something like that to someone in the streets, you’re going to jail,” Harrison said.

Gronkowski was penalized for unnecessary roughness and apologized.

“I don’t believe in shots like that,” Gronkowski said. “I’m not in the business of that. It was a lot of frustration. At that moment, it happened naturally through emotions and frustration.”

Bills safety Micah Hyde was upset by the play.

“That’s a dirty play, man,” Hyde said. “That’s not cool. It’s amazing to me that you don’t get ejected for something like that. It’s crazy. He obviously saw him on the ground. It’s like a wrestling move.”

Tight ends have given the Dolphins trouble this year. In last week’s 35-17 victory over the Dolphins, Gronkowski caught five passes for 82 yards and touchdowns of 5 and 15 yards.

The Dolphins already caught a break with suspensions. Denver’s Pro Bowl cornerback, Aqib Talib, was suspended for Sunday’s game because of a fracas with Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree.

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